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Catalogue Number:  NFB531884
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Bonnie Thompson, Takahiro Hamano, Graydon McCrea, Nobuo Isobe
Directors:  David Christensen, Damien Lewis
Producing Agencies:  NHK (Tokyo),National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Black History, Documentary, Global Studies, Health and Medicine, World History
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2005
Running Time:  89m 10s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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Shot in cinéma vérité, War Hospital intensely immerses the viewer in the sights and sounds of the world's largest field hospital. Over the past eighteen years the International Committee of the Red Cross has cared for victims of the civil war in Sudan - the longest-running conflict in Africa - near the Sudanese border in Likichoggio, northern Kenya.

The ICRC allowed filmmakers David Christensen and Damien Lewis unprecedented access to the surgical hospital and local medical staff as they go about their duties, caring for wounded Sudanese soldiers and women and children, all casualties of the civil war. With no narrator and minimal explanation, War Hospital simply and powerfully captures the joy and sadness of life and death. From the beginning glimpses of rebel fighters singing patriotic songs to the final, sombre graveyard scene, the documentary subtly brings home the horrors of war.

Warning: This film contains graphic medical images.

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